Rideshare alleviates transportation stress

By Tabitha Carranza

Parking and Transportation Services helps students get to and from campus with the Rideshare program.

One of students’ worries when it comes to their education is transportation.

Many of them commute and have to sit in traffic.

Some don’t even have reliable options to and from campus.

Rideshare is a program at Cal Poly Pomona that helps minimize these issues for students.

It promotes alternative transportation for faculty, staff and students to come to campus.

The program hosted its Alternative Transportation Fair Thursday in order to spread the word of its services to the campus.

Dave Flores, senior coordinator for PTS, was there to promote the usefulness of the program.

“We can help our students get home during the breaks, their commute to come to school or even the commute to get home,” he said. “We also provide Rideshare parking for our students during the hours of 7 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday.”

One of the services that the program provides is called Matchlist.

This service allows students to sign their names and their location in order to carpool with other students in the same area.

This helps ease the congestion of traffic and parking on campus.

The main issue with Matchlist is that students’ schedules change every quarter, Flores stated.

Even though the students’ names will stay in the database so that they can find a new carpool partner, Rideshare also promotes public transit as another option for students.

“We always go the carpool route first to try and match them up with a carpool partner, but the difficulty of matching with the schedules to see if they’ll work with another student, that’s probably the most difficult,” Flores said.

This is a problem third-year mechanical engineering student Marshall Lee experienced when he looked into carpooling to campus.

“I looked into [carpooling], but it doesn’t fit what I’m doing,” he said. “With my work in Orange County, I can’t rely on someone else to be there or for them to rely on me because it changes all the time.”

Transportation services don’t end with commuting to and from campus.

CPP offers a bus service called Bronco Express that helps students get around campus.

This free bus service runs three routes from Monday to Friday.

On the CPP mobile app, students can see the location of the buses in real time.

Although Rideshare is not funded by the state, fourth-year civil engineering student Frank Villagomez stated that he is hoping the program will expand and receive more recognition at CPP.

“We do need a push for promotion of Rideshare,” he said. “I’m definitely hoping to see that this Alternative Transportation Fair grows bigger. Maybe it can be a conference for everyone around the community” to inform the students.”

Students who are looking to carpool to or from campus or have any questions about their commute are encouraged to talk to a representative at the Rideshare office located in Building 109.

Transportation services on campus help students with their commute

Tabitha Carranza / The Poly Post

Transportation services on campus help students with their commute

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